Being a complete beginner, I bought a Tsunami 125 this summer . It is great that Wilderness Systems uses the same seat in all of their boats. However the more advanced boats use a backband, instead of the padded seat back in the 125. At first I like the seat back, but then it began to feel in the way as I appear to be improving my paddling. I replaced it with WS backband, and definitely prefer it this way now. It also makes for easier entry and exit.
I also took a self-rescue class, and do not think I could have gotten back in the boat if the seat back had been in place. I also found when I wanted to relax and chill, that I could lean back against the coaming, and the band would slip down out of the way. Not bad at all. The backband does require vertical posture with your hips rotated slightly forward. This seems like the best posture for hip rotation.
YakCatcher Rod Holder
PFD's (Life Jackets)
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